The Role Distance Learning Has to Play in Offender Education


  • Caroline Seelig Open Polytechnic of New Zealand



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This article looks into the uses of digital and online tools in distance learning to improve literacy and numeracy of offenders in New Zealand prisons.  Looking at the benefits and restrictions of digital education within the prison environment, this article discusses the solutions that Open Polytechnic, in partnership with the the New Zealand Government, has put in place to give prisoners further opportunity for rehabilitation, and ultimately prepare them for re-entry into society, the workforce or further study.

Author Biography

Caroline Seelig, Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Dr Caroline Seelig is Chief Executive of the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.  An honorary advisor to the Commonwealth of Learning and a Woolf Fisher Scholar, Dr Seelig has over 20 years’ experience as a senior manager in the New Zealand technical and vocational education sector.


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How to Cite

Seelig, C. (2013). The Role Distance Learning Has to Play in Offender Education. Journal of Learning for Development, 1(1).



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